Mounds View’s Sam Hentges delivers a pitch during the Class AAA state championship game at Target Field in Minneapolis on June 17. Hentges threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout to help lead the Mustangs to their second consecutive state title. (photos courtesy of Larry Carnahan)
State tournament notebook
For the second straight year, Target Field was a hospitable host to the Mounds View High School baseball team. The Mustangs have played there twice and are 2-0 on the major league diamond.
This year’s team won the Class AAA state title with a 9-0 victory over Eden Prairie. A year ago, the Mustangs beat Rocori 8-0 to claim the crown.
North St. Paul Legion’s Jace Piepgras (17) steals second base safely against Hamline Purple. The 39’ers won 7-6 in 12 innings at Kuenkel Field June 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Steve Orme (13) scores the winning run for the North St. Paul 39’ers in the 12th inning after a wild pitch. After six innings without a score, North St. Paul beat Hamline 7-6 June 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Hamline Post 418 American Legion Purple Hawks baseball nine came to North St. Paul to do battle with the Post 39 North St. Paul 39ers June 10 at Kuenkel Field.
Mounds View senior Ryan Plasencia (12) gets the ball as Elk River’s Ben Johnson safely steals second base in the sixth inning. The Mustangs won the Class AAA state quarterfinal 4-0 June 12. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Sophomore Jeff LeMay (22), pinch running for the Mustangs, tags up to score in the third inning.
The formula for the Mounds View High School baseball team this spring has been strong pitching plus solid defense plus timely hitting equals success.